Michelle Obama recently had her memoir, Becoming, published in Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audible Audiobook and Audio CD formats. Now, the audio version(s) is read by Ms Obama herself. You can listen to a sample here.
I was thinking: you are sitting somewhere comfortable, quiet, peaceful, drinking a cup of tea, relaxing, listening, to the former First Lady of the United States Of America tell you her life story ... in her own voice! ... wow ... awesome ... to say the least! ...
Becoming is intimate, powerful and inspiring.
“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America - the first African American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.”
The traditional way of producing an audiobook, or talking book, involves a person, the narrator, sitting in a recording booth reading the text, while a studio engineer and a director record and direct the performance. If a mistake is made, the recording is stopped, and the narrator reads it again. Audiobooks produced by major publishing houses undergo a proofing and editing process after each recording.
These days however, with recent advancements in recording technology, many audiobooks are also now recorded in home studios by narrators working independently.
If you are thinking of creating your own audiobook(s) and need some advice, suggestions, tips on how to go about it, you should read Kerrie Flanagan’s “A Starter Guide to DIY Audiobooks”.
According to the veteran freelance writer in her excellent blog post on the subject, “...audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry ... for indie authors, or traditionally published authors who have retained their audio rights, now may be the perfect time to consider creating your own audiobooks...”.
Read Kerrie Flanagan’s full post >
"... For a mere 20 years or so, I refused to read fiction. Read something that someone just made up? I can do that myself, thanks.
That was the attitude at least.
My time of reckoning came when I needed to fix insomnia, and non-fiction business books before bed just compounded the problem. I began reading fiction to “turn off” and instead saw breakthroughs in creativity and quality of life as a side-effect.
Now, if people ask me, for instance, “Which books should I read on leadership?”, I might reply: “Dune and Ender’s Game.” I’ve come to look for practical solutions in both fiction and non-fiction.
For those of you who are stuck in the business or how-to sections, as I was for decades, I offer you 10 fiction books that might change how you view the world… and how you perform. ..."
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